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Organic food, for the baby: Madison's YumTum is growing

Madison-based baby food company YumTum is refining its product line this spring. YumTum received its official organic certification in November 2012. The duo behind the company, Jacy Eckerman and Heidi Speight, have designed new nutrition labels "so you can see how nutrient-rich YumTum is compared to other products," says Eckerman. They've adjusted the naming conventions for their products, which initially tried to play off the courses of an adult meal, to something more straightforward. >More
 Madison chefs and restaurants get five James Beard 2013 semi-finalist nominations

The semi-finalists for this year's James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced, and Madison has acquitted itself extremely well. Elizabeth Dahl of Nostrano was nominated as Outstanding Pastry Chef, Forequarter as Best New Restaurant, L'Etoile for Outstanding Wine Program, Daniel Bonanno from A Pig in a Fur Coat as Rising Star Chef of the Year (for a chef under age 30), and John Gadau and Phillip Hurley of Sardine for Best Chef - Midwest (a title won in 2012 by L'Etoile's Tory Miller). >More
 New owner takes over Santa Fe Trailer food cart

Christopher Watson has taken over the Santa Fe Trailer food cart from founders Lori Christianson and Andy Hartnett. Watson, who also cooks at Shelton's Bar and Grill in Cross Plains, trained in the cart with Christianson last fall and plans to keep the same menus and recipes in place. "Why change it? Everything's really yummy," says Watson. >More
 Food carts spawn weekly 'Let's Eat Out Madison' gathering

"Let's Eat Out Atwood," last fall's ad hoc ongoing Wednesday-night gathering of food carts just off Atwood Avenue at the BP gas station, will be back March 13, just after daylight savings time kicks in, says Slide food cart owner Christine Ameigh. The name is also changing to "Let's Eat Out Madison," since plans are to expand to Tuesday nights on Midvale Boulevard, starting March 12. >More
 Responses to survey on a potential Madison public market discussed

Members of the Madison Local Food Committee got a taste Wednesday night of what prospective vendors would like to see and do in a public market if one were located in Madison. Many respondents to the city's survey expressed high interest in the venture. >More
 ALRC to discuss licenses for Coopers Tavern, Alterra Coffee, other restaurants

The Madison Alcohol License Review Committee will meet Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m. As detailed in its agenda, here are some of the issues to come under discussion. >More
 February 2013 restaurant news: Dishcrawl, a roundup of special dinners

The phenomenon of the "food tour" continues to grow. Madison, already home to two native outfits, Madison Food Explorers and Madison Eats, will see the launch of a branch of the national group Dishcrawl on March 20. It will be a four-restaurant "progressive dinner," says Madison's Dishcrawl "ambassador" Zachary Barnes. >More
 The Farley Center helps farmers of color market produce and even go organic

The Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability outside Verona has been helping farmers of color, especially those with Hmong and Latino backgrounds, with the process of starting CSAs, gaining organic certification and extending the growing season with such innovations as hoop houses. >More
 humble. brings sweet and savory pies to Madison's west side

Pie is back. Madison has been wanting for a dedicated pie bakery since the departure of LMNO'Pies, and humble., a small storefront at 10 S. Allen St. (just off Regent), has finally filled the void. >More
 January 2013 food news: Mabuhay Phillipine Cuisine, International Fest

Mabuhay Philippine Cuisine is now Madison's first Filipino restaurant, open at 1272 S. Park St., in a space that was very briefly Smiley's II (our only Colombian restaurant). >More
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